Mobile sports betting is up and running in Virginia, but residents still await access to retail sportsbooks. The wait won’t be much longer now that five Virginia cities have approved the construction of brick-and-mortar casinos. Among the quintet is Danville, where Caesars Entertainment will build Caesars Virginia, a $500 million casino and resort.
Caesars released renderings of the project, which is scheduled to break ground in December 2021 and be completed in 2023. Danville residents will notice changes much sooner as the old water tower on the site will come down in short order. However, the design incorporates Danville’s iconic smokestacks, maintaining a familiar trademark of the city.
Included among the resort’s features are 500 hotel rooms, Caesars Sportsbook, a state-of-the-art casino floor, World Series of Poker Room, and a new restaurant with a connection to esteemed chef, Gordon Ramsay.
Enthusiasm Surrounds Danville Project
City and Caesars officials are bullish on the economic boost the construction and presence of the casino will provide to Danville.
Anthony Carano, President and Chief Operating Officer of Caesars Entertainment:
“Caesars Virginia will be an economic driver for the region, both as a tourist and entertainment draw and through the more than a thousand good-paying jobs the resort will create,
Danville City Manager Ken Larking echoes a similar sentiment:
“That gives people a reason to want to live in your community. Obviously, there’s economic opportunity through jobs. Then, after that, there’s the suppliers that have to supply the resort.”
The resort is expected to provide 900 construction and 1,300 hospitality jobs and serve as an entertainment hub. Plans for Caesars Virginia initially included 300 rooms and a $400 million price tag. Those figures eventually increased to 500 rooms and $500 million.
Norfolk, Portsmouth, Bristol, and Richmond will presumably watch closely as Danville and Caesars embark on this project. Those four cities have approved the construction of their own casinos and could soon unveil their own development specs.